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MSNBC
Aug 20, 2013 12:00am EDT
we were and have been for a few years now. and yet, today, in texas, another round has just begun of unpaving the roads. seriously. in four counties in south texas, and two counties in west texas, today is the day state started converting paved roads into gravel roads. texas state department of transportation made the announcement last month. "since paving roads is too expensive and there's not enough funding to repave them all, our only other option to make them safer is to turn them into gravel roads. to be clear, it's not like they're saying gravel roads are better. it's not like they figured out grounds on which gravel roads are more pleasing or more ecologically sound or somehow make you get the most out of your performance car or something. those are not artisanal roads. roads in texas are being unpaved because pavement is something we cannot afford there anymore. in this part of texas it's happening because of the "sharp increase in heavy traffic due to the oil boom." the damage related to energy development has become so extensive that state and local authorities lack the
MSNBC
Aug 27, 2013 1:00am PDT
of texas over the voter i.d. law texas republicans put into place after the supreme court decision. a federal court in texas is reviewing the justice department's complaint. while that review goes on, the voter i.d. law in texas is going into effect. there's a fascinating little test case that's going to play out there this week. this is the ballot for a local city council race in the city of edinburg, texas. this tiny local election is going to be the first one in the state that will be held under the state's strict new voter i.d. laws. opponents of the law are planning to watch that election very closely to see what effect this new voter i.d. law has on the ability of minority residents to turn out and vote. the fight is also on right now in north carolina. that state's new voter suppression law is seen as even more draconian than the one passed in texas that the federal government is suing over right now. the north carolina law, and all of the national coverage of that law, has kicked up a wave of opposition in the state. last thursday, north carolina's republican governor pat mccr
MSNBC
Aug 23, 2013 12:00am EDT
department of justice today announced they will sue the state of texas in order to stop texas' voter i.d. law. the justice department says it plans its challenge under the part of the voting rights act that was not gutted by the supreme court earlier this summer. in a statement, attorney general eric holder said this represents the department's latest action to protect voting rights but will not be our last. the federal government is going to wade into texas to stop what texas is going on voter suppression. if the administration says texas won't be the last place that happens, what will be the next place that happens? north carolina's new moves against voting rights are called the most radical state-wide changes since the voting rights act was passed in 1965. does north carolina need federal intervention in order to protect its citizens' right to vote in joining us now, congressman g.k. butterfield, represents elizabeth city where we are tonight. he's a former voting rights attorney, himself. former north carolina supreme court justice. congressman butterfield, thank you for being here t
MSNBC
Aug 12, 2013 9:00pm EDT
the other half. more than they used to. starting with texas and continuing presumably with the other states that had had laws blocked by the voting rights act before the supreme court ruling but now feel like they can go ahead. so texas first. maybe alabama. maybe mississippi. maybe north carolina after today. sometimes you use the bully pulpit. sometimes you have the authority to weigh in and stop something directly. sometimes when you lose that authority, as justice department did during the, with the voting rights act case. sometimes when you lose that authority, you instead decide you're going to sue. what is the range of options available to you? and how do you use it? how do you still try to make progress when some avenues toward the progress you want to make are blocked? on the issue of drugs and criminal justice, the obama administration made it a priority to try to reduce the huge disparity in sentencing for crack cocaine versus powder cocaine. i mean, if cocaine is the problem, why be so much more lenient for one variety of cocaine and so much more strict for the other? o o
MSNBC
Aug 5, 2013 6:00pm PDT
back. >>> this is a giant multimillion dollar clock. that is being built in the hills of west texas. it's about 2,000 feet elevation, not sure exactly where in west texas it is, but it's out about 2,000 feet. it's supposed to stand 200 feet tall. when it's done, this clock is supposed to keep time for 10,000 years. apparently the plan is that every year for the next 10,000 years, this clock keeping time will go off like a coo-coo clock and play a fresh new sound every year for 10,000 years. it is being built. it was dreamed up by some big thinkers. there are famous big thinkers that are on the board of this project like the great brian eno. they've been working on this since 1996. it so far has cost tens of millions of dollars. the man who has put up at least $40 million of the money spent so far on this clock is the man whose signature you'll find here at the bottom of www.10,000yearclock.net. if you can't read that, it is jeff bezos, the founder of amazon.com, he's the deep pockets behind this 10,000-year 200-foot tall project. i learned this in a profile of jeff bezos in the "wal
MSNBC
Aug 1, 2013 1:00am PDT
when women like texas state senator wendy davis demand to be heard on issues that affect their health. republicans silence, ignore and even arrest them all while shuttering clinics that provide safe, medical procedures that women have a constitutional right to access. despite his campaign promises to the contrary and following the lead of his party earlier this week, pat mccrory signed into law a super restrictive anti-abortion bill that will likely close 15 out of 16 clinics in that state. to protest this assault on their rights, women gathered outside of his mansion in opposition. guess what he did? he came out to greet the protesters with cookies. see, there's no war here. i brought cookies. please listen, i agree, we don't want to have to deal with the texts, tweets, head locks or excuses of poorly behaved democratic men. but even those annoyances, as despicable as they are, are not going to make us forget the all out war that your party is waging on women. and no, cookies don't help. >>> the city of new york was on the brink of disaster when residents woke up to this headline. fo
MSNBC
Aug 28, 2013 6:00pm PDT
and texas. there is attorney general eric holder weighing in. that's happening at the official level. how much do you feel like the unofficial response, the sort of movement response, the activist response, even the political response is in inheritance from that civil rights movement, do we reinvent ourselves every time we fight these guys. >> it's different, i've never seen an attorney general as great as eric holder. he's going after arizona a couple years ago, he's going after texas, going to go after north carolina, i have no doubt about that somebody who has that integrity, says the government is here to protect people, not to go after people, he's talking about reducing sentences. he is a person from my point of view who obama made a wise choice, playing the first black american to be the attorney general. that means he's going to be changing the whole dialogue, i hope whoever follows him, will have the same sense that i am the government lawyer, i'm going to decide what the law's going to be, i'm going to be the enforcer, i'm going to convict people who are committing cr
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 6:00pm PDT
state of iowa, if you are so move the you can go see a freshman republican senator from texas headline the iowa republican party's ronald reagan commemorative dinner. a texas senator will be in iowa in october 2013 because he either wants to run for president or because he wants people to think he wants to run for president. i'm randomly going to iowa is how politicians from iowa say i'm running for president. unless audio evidence of what seems like pretty much flat out corruption of the whole iowa process makes people think twice about that. audio evidence. next. [ tires screech ] [ beeping ] ♪ [ male announcer ] we don't just certify our pre-owned vehicles. we inspect, analyze and recondition each one, until it's nothing short of a genuine certified pre-owned... mercedes-benz for the next new owner. ♪ hurry in to your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for 1.99% financing during our certified pre-owned sales event through september 3rd. but you had to leave rightce to now, would you go? world, pre-owned sales event man: 'oh i can't go tonight' woman: 'i can't.' hero : that
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 12:00am EDT
you are so moved, you can go see a freshman republican senator from texas headline the iowa republican party's ronald reagan commemorative dinner. a texas senator will be in iowa in october 2013 because he either wants to run for president or because he wants people to think he wants to run for president. i'm randomly going to iowa is how politicians from iowa say i'm running for president unless audio evidence of what seems like pretty much flat out corruption of the whole iowa process makes people think twice about that. audio evidence. next. with the spark miles card from capital one, bjorn earns unlimited rewards for his small business. take these bags to room 12 please. [ garth ] bjorn's small business earns double miles on every purchase every day. produce delivery. [ bjorn ] just put it on my spark card. [ garth ] why settle for less? ahh, oh! [ garth ] great businesses deserve unlimited rewards. here's your wake up call. [ male announcer ] get the spark business card from capital one and earn unlimited rewards. choose double miles or 2% cash back on every purchase every day. wh
MSNBC
Aug 7, 2013 1:00am PDT
vacation at his ranch in texas five weeks before 9/11 happened. the title of that specific presidential briefing, why it is so famous, why it made headlines not just then but for years, was -- actually i'll just let condoleezza rice explain it. here she is testifying as national security adviser in watch. >> i want to ask you some questions about the august 6, 2001 pdb. you acknowledged that richard clarke told you that al qaeda cells were in the united states. did you tell the president at any time prior to august 6 of the existence of al qaeda cells in the united states? >> first, let me just make certain -- >> if you could just answer that question because i only have a very limited time. >> i understand, commissioner, but it's important that i also address -- [ applause ] it's also important, commissioner, that i address the other issues that you have raised. so i will do it quickly but if you'll just give me a moment. >> my only question to you is whether you told the president. >> i don't remember the al qaeda cells as being something that we were told we needed to do something ab
MSNBC
Aug 23, 2013 6:00pm PDT
, but i am every year the number one pick of all the law enforcement agencies within texas. their number one pick, all right? and i am a supporter of you -- you don't know it, but i am a supporter of you and a supporter of everyone in law enforcement. and i want you to do whatever is the proper thing. this lady did not -- i know in my heart, was not involved in intentionally walking out and stealing out $57. >> you don't know me, but i am the number one pick of law enforcement agencies. that seriously happened. that was texas's republican lieutenant governor, david dewhurst, on the phone, not doing anything, obviously, illegal, but throwing his weight around like a texas sumo wrestler, trying to wrangle some poor police sergeant in allen, texas, from releasing somebody from jail, a friend who had been jailed on shoplifting charges. the lieutenant governor, the number one pick of law enforcement, just wanted that police sergeant to do the proper thing, which should apparently be that he should take into account that any friend of texas' lieutenant governor must be innocent and, therefore
MSNBC
Aug 16, 2013 1:00am PDT
historically black college at prairie view a&m in texas. the county didn't want to let the black students vote there either. the supreme court intervened and said texas had to let them vote. this is not a subtle gray areas in the law kind of thing. this is as clear as it gets. republicans in north carolina are doing it anyway. right now. this week. until somebody stops north carolina republicans from what they are doing, it is 1979 all over again. or i guess 1964 all over again? maybe earlier. the republican governor of north carolina pat mccrory has his approval ratings in the toilet. he's paying the price for the whiplash radical turn the state has taken under his republican leadership. it is not one man it's clear now. it's a statewide plan and statewide effort. the more you look at what republicans are doing in north carolina right now, the more it makes sense why democrats and african-american voters have been getting arrested by the dozens, by the hundreds, week after week trying to get rest of the country to notice the kind of radicalism that is going on there right now. >>> you mi
MSNBC
Aug 10, 2013 3:00am PDT
governments have been passing laws to shut down abortion clinics from coast to coast. texas had 42 clinics that provided abortion services. republicans passed new restrictions this summer that will probably shut down 37 of those 42 clinics. wisconsin had four clinics. republican governor in wisconsin is slated to bring that number from four town to two. mississippi has just the one clinic in jackson. that one, the republicans are fighting to close that one down as well and it seems like they may be close to doing it. in north dakota, same deal. there's one clinic for the whole great big state. this spring republicans passed a law that aims to shut down that one last clinic. in alabama, there are five clinics that provide abortion services. republicans passed laws in the spring that would close three of the five clinics. in virginia, the number of clinics right now is at 20. it's slated to go to four. in north carolina, 16 facilities, republicans passed new restrictions that are expected to close 15 of those. 15 of the 16. so this is before the republican party in north carolina launched it
MSNBC
Aug 8, 2013 1:00am PDT
reagan commemorative dinner. a texas senator will be in iowa in october 2013 because he either wants to run for president or because he wants people to think he wants to run for president. i'm randomly going to iowa is how politicians from iowa say i'm running for president unless audio evidence of what seems like pretty much flat out corruption of the whole iowa process makes people think twice about that. audio evidence. next. >>> running for president means starting in iowa, right? iowa's first. their caucuses have been first in the nation for 40 years now. so starting to run for president means starting in iowa, which means first competing in the ames, iowa, straw poll, which is a scam. it is a total scam, a fake wigged pay for votes, not a real contest pretending to be a contest. the iowa straw poll costs money to vote. it costs $30 to cast a ballot. some buy those ballots for people with the understanding that those people will then vote for them and, tah-dah, it's actual vote buying in america in the 21st century. democracy, faked. this is the seriousness with which iowa takes it
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